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Local Leaders Back Possible School Calendar Change

MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – It was probably one of the most controversial moves the Alabama Legislature made this year — mandating a statewide calendar for public schools.  Now, two lawmakers are trying to give control back to local school systems.

On Monday, Senator Bill Holtzclaw (R-Madison) and Representative Paul DeMarco (R-Homewood) held news conferences in Birmingham and Madison to discuss legislation that would allow local school boards to opt out of a statewide mandatory school calendar.

Holtzclaw and DeMarco have pre-filed legislation to make it so.

Their “opt out” plan is being praised by Tennessee Valley superintendents.
Huntsville City Schools superintendent Dr. Casey Wardynski told WHNT News 19 any change that gives districts the ability to craft a calendar that works best for them would be welcomed by his administration.

A dozen parents joined Senator Holtzclaw for the announcement in Madison and say they applaud the steps Holtzclaw and others are taking to challenge the law.

It could go before the house for a vote February 2013.